Cyber Defense East Africa regional Conference Kicks- off

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The 6th edition of the Cyber Defence East Africa regional opened this morning at Statistics House. The two day event organized by European company NRD Cyber Security and National Information Technology Authority - Uganda (NITA-U) aims tobuild cyber security capacity for Uganda.

 

Participants pose for a group photo

The conference attracted cyber security professionals along with policy makers and representatives from Critical Infrastructure operators. The conference seeks to address how organizations, which are in particularly sensitive to cyber incidents, should be preparing and how they should effectively handle the crisis in case of its occurrence

In his key note address, NRD Cyber Security CEO Vilius Benetis was very positive about the progress East Africa region as a whole has made so far in dealing with cyber security.

“The most effective way to prevent cyber-attacks, is to be ahead by having good visibility of potential threats and a plan of how to react adequately. It is great to see that the region is already taking steps forward as the countries start thinking and talking about preparation before the actual crisis hits.”

He further highlighted the need to bring the cyber security discussion to the boardrooms.

 

Dr. Vilius Benetis, C.E.O NRD Cyber security 

“We at  NRD Cyber Security, as well as NITA-U, are advocating to have cyber risks and cyber threat discussions in management board meetings. At the end of the day, when cyber crisis hits, it will be no less devastating than other disasters – earthquakes, floods, wars, etc.’’, he warned.

NITA-U’s Ag. Executive Director, Peter Kahiigi urged private & Public organizations to embrace cyber security.

"We can only be strong collectively. Cyber security is a shared responsibility. There is no better defense than being prepared,’’ Kahiigi advised.

He further affirmed Government of Uganda’s efforts towards firming cybersecurity.

“Government of Uganda acknowledges the importance of creating an environment that allows secure and safe digital transactions for Ugandan citizens.  Government has put in place the National Information Security Framework which provides for minimum security guidelines for every Government agency and the Critical Information Infrastructure each entity is required to maintain. This includes incident response and crisis management largely focused on a prevention and proactive approach.’’

 

Peter Kahiigi, Ag. Executive Director, NITA - U 

The conference will not only invite the attendees to discuss strategic aspects of preparing for cyber crisis, but also to two tactical sessions with hands-on experience to build the practical skills. One of the sessions is a group work exercise, based on a real case scenario of a cyber incident occurring in a banking sector. The second session will have a direct effect on Uganda’s cyber security index by e-Governance Academy (eGA).  At the end of the two days, Participants will be equipped with knowledge  on cyber security as well as practical skills.